1:03 A.M. SEA time as I write this down. Some nasty things happened just a few minutes before writing (although I was just a bystander).
Today was the first day of the Easter event and we were met with the requirements of said event. Lo and behold a whopping 5,000 Fluffs. We, the players, were presented the "most efficient" way of getting these Fluffs via Utan Kid at Umbala by giving him Meat in exchange for Fluff -- a simple task at first glance, since Meat costs less than 50 zeny with merchants and you just have to click your way through victory. Pretty simple, right? Or so everyone thought.
I got online around noon local time and went straight for the NPC to get fluffs. 10 minutes in of clicking and pressing enter, I decide to take a break and grab brunch. After brunch I went back at it for a good 30 minutes and took another break thereafter. I thought to myself "Well this is pretty boring, I'm just sitting here staring at my screen clicking away like its my job for this event", but nonetheless I continued the mindless task of spamming clicks and the Enter button. One hour and 30 minutes in I check my progress -- a measly ~3,000 fluffs. By this point I have already entered autopilot mode in which my body just does what it was doing from the past repetitions and I was watching some shows on another device only to check every 20-30 mins or so to see if I need to restock meat and store Fluff etc. Fast forward a couple hours more and I was done with the Fluffs. Throughout the event what I've noticed as a common trend from fellow players is this -- "GOD THIS IS TIRING". Indeed it was. Wasn't even fun too, you're just sitting there clicking away.
To get to my point, the fluff part was far from fun and it seemed more like work than gameplay. I do not see the reason why playing a game should feel like a chore or a job.
And yes I do know monsters drop Fluff but that method is far from efficient and will be more taxing on the long run (remember its 5k pcs). The finding the eggs part was fun to be honest, but the fluff? I'd be having none of that.
Now as for the Issue with the crackdowns of cheaters with the recently sneaky implementation of whatever code thing it was, I'd say its BS. Players play for fun, no? Was spam clicking fun at all? Absolutely not. As I watched main explode and all hell breaks loose, I get reminded of why our numbers are dwindling. Players GRINDING (not playing, but actually friggin grinding like its their god-forsaken job) for hours and are probably doing what I did (spam clicking while watching something else on another screen/device w/e) are met with a sudden ban. "??????????????????????????????????" - would be the first reaction. Confusion, anger, sadness, exhaustion -- all these things kick in at the same time. You're there just trying to get this hurdle out of the way and you're met with that.Such fun, very wow. If it were to happen to me personally I'd be furious and go to grab a drink and stay away from the game for at least a night so I can cool off the next morning and deal with that shit.
As I've tried to get answers from our almight god ancy all he replied to us was that "if you're human you'd be able to do the code bla bla it has 60 seconds infinite tries". I asked him to take into consideration the fatigue of clicking the damn thing for HOURS just to get it done. Again he disregards it and replies in the same disrespectful manner towards his players. I asked him to do the same thing we did-- to sit there and click endlessly to get this event done-- and tell us if it was fun. Sure enough he agreed to do it and I'll be looking forward to that (but I'd doubt he'll actually do it). If ever the BS "screenies or it didnt happen" comes along then that can suck a fat trash can since that's what it is.
If you don't want people to be cheating in your events (in the case of those that actually did), then don't put out absurd things like that. Yes previous events had cheaters, but I ask everyone, was there any event that was the same as this "left click and press enter spam simulator"? I am, by all means, not in favor of cheating. But when you have events like these that are simply not fun to do and very time consuming, that prompts people to most likely do cheat just to get it done. You are putting the players on a difficult spot. These are the likely options (likely, but not limited to):
- Ignore the event and do something actually fun and at the expense of not getting hats. (very few would do, everyone likes events and hats, right?)
-Play spam simulator (definitely not rro) and see how long you'll last. (RIP fingers/ little attention to actual rro screen/ tedious af/ a LOT of fatigue)
- Earn zeny to buy fluff from other players. (promotes cheats to grab ez money / give a new business for some(at the expense of them not getting fluff for themselves and/or more work time for them to have fluff for themselves)
- Cheat and get fluffs yourself. (saves money / potentially lets you earn money/ NO FATIGUE)
Of these options, cheating has the most positives. So yeah, there's your reason for the cheaters.
So there you have it. Our numbers our hurting and the recent witch hunt for cheaters got innocent players in trouble. Some may log-in an alt to voice out and appeal immediately. Some may take a beer and/or head to bed/do whatever to cool off and deal with it the next day. And worst-case scenario some may leave for good.
This place needs to take care of its people more. I remember the last time ancy got into an argument with someone at main chat and said something along the lines of "I can show you the door", I warned him that it would hurt the RRO population and reputation, I was met with the threat of a ban although it was worded slightly differently. And as I pointed out that he was outright threatening me and community, I was force disconnected just for him to show that he is absolute and that his word is the law. What I'm saying here that you have player relations to work at.
Well whatever, at this point its 2:10 AM SEA time and I'm tired. If this gets deleted well whatever, I just tried to voice out my thoughts. This thing may be worded badly and the phrasing and whatnot is terrible well pardon me for my lack of skill to write something better.